A Glimpse of Hell (2001)




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On April 19, 1989, an explosion during training exercises in Gun Turret number two of the U.S.S. Iowa, a storied battleship, created more than one firestorm; Besides the one that killed more than 40 sailors, a scandal swept the nation that put the U.S. Navy on the defensive. The Navy, in what some suspected was an attempt to cover up unauthorized artillery experiments by enlisted men, accused one of the dead men of being a suicidal homosexual and setting off the explosion in a fit of jealous rage. Idealistic Lieutenant Dan Meyer (Robert Sean Leonard), a witness to the tragedy, whose father was an honored military man, must square off with the ship's longtime, but remote captain, Fred Moosally (James Caan), when testifying during the heated and nationally televised investigation by the Pentagon.
PG-13 (disturbing images of explosion aftermath, thematic elements, and some language)
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


James Caan
as Fred Moosally
Daniel Roebuck
as Dale Mortensen
Dashiel Eves
as Clay Hartwig
Jamie Harrold
as Kendall Truitt
Dashiell Eaves
as Clay Hartwig
John Doman
as Langlett
Alan C. Peterson
as Reggie Ziegler
Chris Owens
as Flynn
Bruce Gray
as Donald Meyer
Ken James
as Admiral Chapin
Cherie Devanney
as Kathy Kubicina
Jennifer Overton
as Evelyn Hartwig
John Dunsworth
as Earl Hartwig
Andrew MacVicar
as Frank Kubicina
Tara Doyle
as Kristy
Vince Corazza
as George Stewart
John Bourgeois
as Admiral Johnson
Stan Carew
as Senator Sam Nunn
John Maclaren
as Senator Alan Dixon
Jeremy Akerman
as Senator John Warner
Jeremiah Sparks
as Michael Williams
Andy Smith
as Base Commander
Juanita Peters
as Debra Mack
John Scott MacDonald
as Yeoman Jones
Gordon Gammie
as Admiral Chapin's Aide
Jamie Sparks
as Boatswain's Mate
Kate Hemblen
as Carole Truitt
Adam Tupper
as Gunner's Mate
Kevin Curran
as Radar Operator
Travis Ferris
as Helmsman
Chris Shore
as Sailor
Mark Day
as Fantaine
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...proves that just because a movie's based on a true story, doesn't mean that it'll necessarily make for a compelling film.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
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A made-for-TV docudrama that breeds Edward Dmytryk's The Caine Mutiny with Rob Reiner's A Few Good Men, A Glimpse of Hell impresses only with its dedication to mediocrity.

Full Review… | March 3, 2002
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Full Review… | April 20, 2002
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